Policy on IP protection
The company has a policy statement in place that clarifies how it handles intellectual property (IP) rights in index countries, including its position regarding farm-saved seeds and the use of its commercial varieties for further breeding.
When marketing IP-protected products in index countries, either directly or indirectly, the company applies market segmentation and differential pricing strategies to ensure affordability for smallholder farmers.
The company offers royalty-free licensing and/or lower price licensing of protected material for use in index countries.
The company allows the use of commercial varieties for further breeding and refrains from using restrictive measures such as contractual clauses in index countries.
The company allows the saving, use, exchange and sale of farm-saved seeds by smallholder farmers and refrains from employing restrictive measures such as contractual clauses in index countries.
Transparency in IP
The company reports publicly on its policies, practices and results in this area.
Leadership in IP
The company has established innovative models or leading practices in this area.